The Android Firewall Plus application is one of the best rooted apps you can install on Android, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is fully compatible. The Android Firewall Plus app allows Samsung Galaxy S5 owners to create a firewall for apps, and it gives you complete control over which apps you want to be held under the firewall. Any apps that you put under the new firewall will be unable to get access to your network. The Android Firewall Plus app isn’t so much about being worried about hackers or people stealing your data, but rather just being out around town and your apps potentially using your data innocently without you knowing. You can expect to save some significant data using the Android Firewall Plus application for your Android device. The Android Firewall Plus app can help you prevent access to your network completely or set the permissions so that it only allows the apps you want to get access to the system when you are on WiFi.
The new version of the CF-Auto-Root tool for the Canadian Samsung Galaxy 5 running Android 6.0.1 is based on the MMB29M.G900W8VLU1DPD3 firmware. You don’t have to flash the same firmware on your device manually or OTA before using this guide. The build number is provided by Chainfire so you can use it as a guideline because some Samsung devices will not boot older images.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Files You Need
- Download the new CF-Auto-Root package for the Canadian S5 smartphone that is running Android 6.0.1 software updates from here.
- Download the Samsung USB Drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone on the computer from here.
You must have a Windows computer for you to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone successfully using this guide. Any other operating system will not flash the S5’s CF-Auto-Root tool, and the rooting will fail.
You must use this guide with the SM-G900W8 model number Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone only or else you will brick the device. The CF-Auto-Root package available in this tutorial is only made for that model number, and the developer says if you flash it on any other model number the device will probably brick.
Do note that some updates arriving at your Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone may bring new bootloaders with them. When that happens, your device may not flash, or it may not boot after you flash the CF-Auto-root tool. The problem is quickly rectified by submitting the updated recovery image from your new firmware to your official CF-Auto-Root thread over at the XDA-Developers website so that the developer of the tool (Chainfire) can see your message and update the files. Once Chainfire updates the files, those changes will be automatically reflected in our guides because we link back to Chainfire’s official repository.
Rooting the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900W8 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates
- Enable the USB Debugging Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone from the Settings before you proceed to the next step.
- Extract the CF-Auto-Root package to the desktop of the computer and then double-click on the Odin flashing application.
- Install the Samsung USB Drivers on the computer so your Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone can connect to the computer with the USB cable and flashing tool.
- Press the Power button just once and then choose to turn off the smartphone from the menu.
- Reboot your smartphone into the download mode by pressing the hardware button combination for that mode.
- Connect the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Give it a few seconds for the drivers to start working; you can tell if they are working by checking for a yellow or blue ID: COM port color coming from the Odin user interface.
- Click the AP button from the Odin user interface and then upload the SM-G900W8’s rooting package on the desktop that is ending in the tar.md5 file extension.
- Click the Start button from the Odin user interface and then focus your attention on the smartphone display.
- Check that you get some text on the smartphone displaying saying that it is installing the SuperSU for you, cleaning up the cache partition and then reflashing the stock recovery.
- Check the Odin user interface on the computer for a green pass message coming from the top left-hand side.
In conclusion, that is how to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone with the SM-G900W8 model number running on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software updates by using an updated version of the CF-Auto-Root tool. You will find your S5 smartphone automatically reboots, and the SuperSU app is now available from your app drawer. You do not have to make any adjustments to the SuperSU application. It is already working on your smartphone and will prompt you once you install an app that requires these rooting permissions to run. For example, if you open the Google Play Store and install the Titanium Backup application, it will allow you to install the app and ask if you wish to grant the app root permissions. You just choose the option to grant those root permissions, and it will install and run on your device once you open the app.
Anyone wanting to make sure that the device is now rooted after flashing the CF-Auto-Root package from above can open the Google Play Store and install the root checker application. With the root checker, we can open the app and follow the prompts to check if your system does have root access. Now you can easily troubleshoot any problems you might have with your root apps because you know the problem isn’t anything to do with the CF-Auto-Root or SuperSU not working.
Moreover, anyone who cannot get the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone rooted should try installing another version of the Odin flashing application. Chainfire packages versions of the Odin flashing tool with his rooting package (usually Odin 3.10 in these updates) but sometimes people need to install a couple of unique versions of the flashing tool before one of them flashes for their devices. This has been proven time and time again, so if you have done everything right and installed the drivers on your computer and it won’t work, try using another version of the Odin app. You can find all the Odin versions online or from our official Odin downloads page.
Lastly, anyone who still cannot get the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone rooted should double-check that the device is getting into the recovery mode after the flashing of the CF-Auto-Root tool. Chainfire tells us that each device should get into recovery mode automatically, and this is an essential part for the rooting to work. Any handset that does not get into the recovery mode will need to be booted into the recovery mode manually by pressing the hardware button combination for that mode.